Every season there are standout flowers and for me, these beautiful Fritillaries are standout in every sense of the word. These massively understated spring blooms can add a real wow factor to your day. Not convinced by my enthusiasm alone…? Then here are five reasons to incorporate Fritillaries in your garden design and wedding flower schemes next year:
Because the Fritillaries are not a common ‘go to’ spring/early summer flower and you won’t see them in every social media feed or wedding magazine, means their unusual form and colour makes them a surprise show stopper.
I love to leave their stems long so they stand above the body of the design, ensuring they are visible from all angles; these lovelies are too pretty to be lost in the crowd!
Their beautiful green stem and foliage lead to a distinctive checker-board patterned flower (often referred to as ‘Snake Heads’.) Fritillaries come in a range of colours from the deepest purple to almost white, so you should be able to find a colour that will work in any flower scheme.
I especially love the intense burgundy/purples we used at this recent wedding at Northbrook Park in Surrey, which, along with the russet foliage and peasant feathers, added an layer of depth and interest to a predominantly light and bright design, giving it a natural, interesting and woodland feel.
Masses of Movement
Two things that really elevate a design and bring it to life, are texture and movement. The distinctive belle shaped-head of a Fritillaria bobbing on its lean stem, can absolutely transform the feel of an arrangement.
They work beautifully mixed in a loose, natural design, complimenting grasses and Sweet-Peas, or threaded through a more structured design to add interest and texture. Of course this relaxed feel might not be for you, but you could consider adding single stems in thin glass votives for a more refined but contemporary look whilst maintaining the same feel.
Photo Credit Laura Harvey
At HBF we love British flowers and there are such an abundance of stunning native spring flowers to choose from, it only seems right to use them whenever we can.
Fritillaria meleagris, or snake’s head fritillary are found growing wild in just a handful of grassland meadows in southern and central England and are one of our rarest wildflowers. Luckily for us, they are suited to propagation and are readily available from February to mid May, so you can enjoy them as cut flowers at home and we can use them here in our designs.
Touch on a trend
Adding a fashion forward flower might inspire you to embrace some of the other trends we are seeing evolve right now. The rich jewel tones of the purple/burgundy Fritillaria flowers work beautifully with the warm metallic trend we talked about a few weeks ago, add complimenting coloured linens and you have a rich welcoming, yet fresh palette perfect for a spring wedding!
Photography by Hannah Berry (Unless Otherwise Credited)